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If you have no background knowledge of pond pumps, you may find yourself overwhelmed by a wider choice than you first imagined. Different pond pumps perform different tasks, which is why there are so many. Filter pumps are sometimes called solids-handling pumps because they move solid waste to a pond filter, and are therefore ideal for keeping ponds clean. If a fountain or water feature is connected to a pond filter pump it is likely that the nozzles will become blocked with this dirt, so use a specialist fountain pump for these applications. Pond pumps are usually categorised by the volume of water which they can turn over in an hour, so only purchase from a retailer which has these statistics available. Work out the volume of water in your pond by calculating width x length x depth x 1000 (use metres for all measurements) and aim for a pump which will circulate this pond volume around every two hours. For example, if you have a pond which measures 3 metres x 3 metres x 0.5 metres, you have 4.5 x 1000, so 4500 litre water volume. Therefore, a pump like the Aquamax ECO 3500 will be more than adequate, as this turns over 3600 litres per hour. Opt for a pond pump which circulates your required water volume at least every 2 hours, but do not choose a pump too much more powerful than you need if you want to save on power consumption. You may also want to compare the power consumption of various pumps and only buy one which comes with a guarantee for peace-of-mind. Your pond pump will come with instructions for installation. For your pond filter, look for a maximum flow rate which is the same, or higher, than your pond pump's turn over. Pond filter kits come with a water pump, filter box and UV clarifier, making the filtration system easier to purchase if you require both a pond pump and a filter. It is always advisable to buy the largest diameter flexible hose to connect your filter. For fountain displays, you will need to calculate the volume of water in the same way. Your fountain should not reach over half your pond's narrowest point to avoid water splashing around the pond in windy conditions. Predetermined fountain sets make choosing fountain pump equipment even easier. For more information on choosing a pond or fountain pump, contact a specialist pond pump supplier. Online retailers offer a wide range of products and are able to offer help and advice by phone to help you choose the right filtration system for you. By choosing your pond pump and filter carefully, you can enjoy a water feature which is clean and beautiful for many years to come.